Tuesday. Maintenance day. For bloggers, a day many aim for to have their best content ready to go, since their potential audience will also be unable to log in and will be forced to look for their entertainment from other sources.
Tuesday has me thinking about patch notes and how I have been shockingly out of touch with all the information that is likely to be had regarding the coming changes for 4.1. I’ve heard bits and pieces, of course. We’ll be killing trolls again soon. The cap on the number of dailies is going up while the gold gained is going down. Arcane and Fire mages are getting some love.
I’ve always been more likely to perk up and pay attention when I see something related to mages. Especially since these days I never even get close to topping the charts if a hunter happens to be around. And with two of them in my 10-man raid most nights, I’m usually bringing up the rear, which just makes me sad. We could use some love.
Other than those things, I couldn’t really say what this next patch is going to bring. I feel a few twinges of guilt about this, since y’know, I am a GM and sometimes Raid Leader. Shouldn’t I be up to speed? Does it really matter in the earlier stages when anything could change at any time? I always make sure to read things over on Patch Day at least.
Except I don’t. Despite having many alts to play, with nearly four of them at 85 and four others in the low 80’s, I never quite manage to read over the changes for other classes. For this expansion, I’ve decided to have my paladin be my second focus, with a prot main spec and a holy off spec. The idea is that between two characters, I can bring anything to the table, and I should be able to adequately keep up with all the gear, gems and enchants if I limit it to only two. I tried three in Wrath, and was constantly embarrassed at the state of my priest’s gems and enchants – and she is my JC! Tragic.
Anyhow. The point is, I am not all that great at paying attention to changes for classes other than my main. Even paladin changes are a mystery to me at this point. I feel bad about it, but not enough to actually go look up the patch notes. After all, I figure I won’t be doing heroics on the paladin any time soon, let alone raiding. And if I run across something that puzzles me while questing, my source for paladin help sits in the next chair.
But sometimes my own ignorance niggles at me a little. Like with my warlock, who I rerolled half a million times and now have at level 13 or so. I don’t really have any idea what half of the stuff in her spellbook does. DoTs are obvious. This soul… burn thing. I have only a passing idea of the mechanics built into that, and at level 13 or so it doesn’t seem to matter that I am mostly clueless. Shit still dies too fast for my ignorance to hamper me.
So on my alts, I am terribly, horribly lazy. I admit it. I’m not proud of it, but I am also not very motivated to change my wicked ways.
What level of effort do you put into your alts?